Women's Football: Another trophy for the Gunners
Tuesday 05 May 1998
ARSENAL'S perfect Bank Holiday weekend was completed when a goal by the England international Kelley Few in the third minute of injury time gave them a 3-2 victory over Croydon in the CSI FA Women's Cup final yesterday.
Croydon opened the scoring yesterday, slightly against the run of play after 10 minutes, when Kirsty Pealling brought down the marauding Julie Fletcher in the penalty area and the former Arsenal striker, Jo Broadhurst, scored from the spot.
Seven minutes later, Arsenal were level. Julie Darby was dispossessed by Rachel Yankey whose cross fell invitingly for Marieanne Spacey to attempt a spectacular volley, but she completely miscued. The ball looped up agonisingly beyond Louise Cooper in the Croydon goal and in off the far post.
Arsenal stepped up a gear at the start of the second half and were rewarded with another bizarre goal in the 52nd minute. Yankey, put through by Vicki Slee, seemed second favourite in the race for the ball as Cooper came off her line but the Croydon keeper missed her kick and Yankey was left with the simplest of tap-ins.
Three minutes later, though, Cooper's opposite number, Sarah Reed, hammered a clearance straight at her own defender Carol Harwood and Hope Powell was on hand to steal an equaliser.
Thereafter, Croydon looked the more likely winners, but with time running out Spacey's 25 yard free-kick was parried on to the bar by Cooper and there was Few to bundle the ball over the line.
Arsenal (5-3-2): Reed; Pealling, White, Harwood, Few, Jerray-Silver; Slee, Mapes (Daly, 64), Williams; Yankey, Spacey. Substitutes not used: Hastings, Downham, Watt, Scrivens.
Croydon (5-3-2): Cooper; Fletcher, Darby, Wylie, Bampton, Cottier; Powell, Davis, Britton; Proctor, Broadhurst. Substitutes not used: Barber, Dines, Osbourne, Jones, Biggins.
Referee: A Wiley (Staffordshire).
Latest in Sport
Robin van Persie to Fenerbahce: Manchester United striker 'agrees to personal terms' with Turkish side
Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs posts bizarre video of his Miami holiday being invaded by an iguana
Women's World Cup 2015: England secure third place as they beat Germany in extra time with penalty by Fara Williams
Arsenal transfer news: Gunners will only consider 'astronomical offer' from Atletico Madrid for Santi Cazorla
Why is it that there’s no women’s team at Manchester United? - Michael Calvin
- 1 Isis propaganda video shows 25 Syrian soldiers executed by teenage militants in Palmyra
- 2 Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
- 3 Right to die: Belgian doctors rule depressed 24-year-old woman has right to end her life
- 4 The biggest first date turnoff has been revealed
- 5 German man found living with 300 rats in tiny apartment
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
More Britons believe that multiculturalism makes the country worse - not better, says poll
£17000 - £21000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...
£17000 - £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...
£17000 - £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: If you are fluent in Japanese a...
£16000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...